image Struggle and Hope CD Release and Celebration 480_agustin_lira_1.jpg original image (1585x1433) by Mike Rhodes
The new Struggle and Hope album by Agustin Lira was released at a community celebration at the Alfonso Hernandez Youth Center on Saturday, June 25. The event featured music by Agustin Lira & Patricia Wells, with students of Generaciones Project and special guest Melinda Espinosa. Photo below is Agustin Lira performing at the CD release celebration.
Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:43PM
image Politicians booed off stage, mentions of Orlando, plus more, at Trans March 2016 480_img_8560_1.jpg original image (1600x1067) by D. Boyer
Politicians booed off stage, mentions of Orlando, Compton’s Cafeteria Anniversary, and thousands attend this year’s Trans March. Pics and video from the event.
Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:00PM
image Fab coverage of trans folks acting up! (Comment On: Politicians booed off stage, mentions of Orlando, plus more, at Trans March 2016) by Michael Petrelis
Hey Dina, Totally love your video of trans people booing and mooning Mark Leno, who has a thin skin and thinks he's hot shit above criticism. Who the eff cares he's got one of his useless proclamations? He and the Mayor and Scott Wiener and David Chiu, all on the stage, are just trolling for votes and using trans folks as props. They don't give a damn a lotta trans folks and others can't afford to live in SF or other parts of the Bay Area. They just want mic and camera time. My big question for the Trans March people is why the hell are you even inviting the elected to speak? We get enough of their bullshit daily from City Hall. Reclaim Queer Pride and boo politicians!
Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:02PM
image It's Time (Comment On: Politicians booed off stage, mentions of Orlando, plus more, at Trans March 2016) by San Franciscan
It's time for the City to cut Pride loose. No monetary support. No use of Civic Center for the two-day party. No government support at all.
Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:27PM
image SF Labor Council Demands An End To Deportations And Legalization of Undocumented Workers 480_sflc_immigration_press_conf6-24-16_1.jpg original image (4032x3024) by Labor Video Project
The San Francisco held a press conference at City Hall to protest the US Supreme Court decision and to demand a halt to further deportations and the legalization of all immigrant workers in the United States.
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:54PM
image Fresno Advocates Demand End to Secretive Deportation Program ice_out_of_fresno_rally.jpg by ACLU of Northern California
Fresno, June 23, 2016 - On the heels of the Supreme Court’s non-decision in U.S. v. Texas, which effectively blocked President Obama’s immigration actions to shield millions from deportation, advocates and community members unveiled their assessment of a pilot program started one year ago giving federal immigration agents unfettered access to the Fresno County Jail. Advocates warn that the program is shrouded in secrecy and leaves immigrants vulnerable to abuses by Immigration and Customs...
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:24AM
calendar Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition Presents: People's Tribunal, with New SFPD Chief Chaplin by Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition
SEIU Union Hall 350 Rhode Island Suite 100 (@ 16th St, can also enter on Kansas)
Event Date: Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:43AM
image Oakland Community: OPD Is Rotten to Its Core and Libby’s Got to Go (audio) 480_aptp-pressconf-opdcorruption_20160621_010_1.jpg original image (1600x1067) by Dave Id
On the morning of June 21, a number of Oakland community organizations came together in front of Oakland police headquarters to issue a set of demands in response to the ever-growing list of OPD crimes and cover-ups which have been exposed recently. The Anti Police-Terror Project and allies issued four demands: community-controlled policing; the defunding of OPD and investment in the community; the child sexual exploitation scandal be addressed in a meaningful way; and the resignation of May...
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:48PM
calendar Left Forum African speaker addresses Pan-African organizing by David Giesen
Parklet at 1272 Valencia Street San Francisco
Event Date: Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:30PM
Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:29AM
calendar Film: Fundi: Freedom Road 480_freedom_road_flyer_1.jpg original image (3300x2300) by Liberated Lens Collective
Oakland Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave.
Event Date: Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:40PM
video Cat Brooks at OPD headquarters protest (video) (video/mp4 8.0MB) by Community READY Corps
At the banner drop protest on June 17, Anti Police-Terror Project's Cat Brooks answers the question, "Does this scandal undermine all the progress the Oakland Police Department has made in the past few years?"
Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:23AM
image Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum 480_sakuma-familias_1.jpg original image (240x358) by Dean Shelton
The membership of Familias has grown to more than 300 members. Some members are local, but many travel from California and parts of Mexico. Since 2013, Familias has improved the living and working conditions of their members. This includes increasing wages, securing clean bedding and mattresses, having retaliatory bosses removed, and securing back pay for over 30 farmworkers. Despite this substantial progress, their work is still not done.
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:14PM
image Uniting for Justice: Winners and Losers of the Week (Comment On: Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum) by AFL-CIO
Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights. Winners: Familias Unidas por la Justicia, for standing up to Sakuma Brothers in Washington for alleged racial harassment, wage theft and other unjust labor practices.
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:16PM
text Oakland cops target the African American community by Lynda Carson
According to a Stanford study, African American men were more likely to be handcuffed during a stop (1 out of 4 times) than whites (1 out of 15 times), excluding arrests. African American men were also more likely to be searched (1 in 5 times vs. 1 in 20 times for whites), though officers were no more likely to make a recovery from those searches. African American men were more likely to be arrested after a stop by police –1 in every 6 vs. 1 in 14 for white men.
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:05PM
image Additional Police Scandals In Oakland: (Comment On: Oakland cops target the African American community) by Lynda Carson
Additional Police Scandals In Oakland Oakland Spent $74 Million Settling 417 Police Brutality Lawsuits by Abraham Hyatt | Apr 9, 2014 | Investigations | 6 comments >>>>>> >>>>>> Oakland police supports counterinsurgency group to oppose Occupy Oakland February 11th, 2012 | Oakland PD, Occupy BY LYNDA CARSON – originally posted on Indy Bay Oakland, CA — Counterinsurgency is defined as a political and military strategy or action to oppose and forcefully suppress insurgency. Out of the playbook of dirty tricks used by the CIA and FBI to crush rebellions and insurgencies across the globe, a police support group called “Stand for Oakland” entered the arena of Oakland’s political landscape, in an attempt to crush Occupy Oakland, and the political dissent that has been challenging Oakland’s police and ruling elite in recent past months. Click below for full story… >>>>>> >>>>>> Oakland parking ticket policy called 'not fair' 2 posh neighborhoods get warnings; rest get tickets By Matthai Kuruvila Published 4:00 am, Thursday, February 25, 2010 >>>>>> >>>>>> Oakland has raked in $400,000 in anti-vice car seizures / But study says charges mostly misdemeanors Henry K. Lee, Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writers Published 4:00 am, Sunday, May 20, 2001 >>>>>> >>>>>> 4 Ex-Housing Authority Officers Guilty in Oakland Brutality Case April 13, 1991 >>>>>> >>>>>> Wrongful mass eviction case settled by Oakland Housing Authority A case of fraud & corruption in the OHA reaches conclusion By Lynda Carson August 11, 2007 During April 1991, four ex-OHA police officers named Daniel Broussard, Scott Dwyer, Larry Houston and Juan Reese, were all convicted of violating the civil rights of two undercover officers, including 12 other individuals at public housing properties, after originally being indicted for robbing people, beating them up, and faking evidence for false arrests. During May 1991, the OHA announced that it would get rid of it's then scandal plagued police force, and replace it with a new police force supervised by the Oakland Police Department, after a third of it's officers were indicted in a brutality case during 1990. During 1990, the OHA settled out of court with 42 people who claimed to be victims of beatings and false arrests by the OHA Police, in a settlement that was around $500,000, according to sources. During August 1990, six OHA police officers were indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with robbing public housing tenants, beating them up, falsely accusing them of possessing drugs and arresting them, lying under oath, and the 19-count indictment also accused the officers of conspiring to violate the civil rights of those falsely accused. During 1989, a $1 million lawsuit was filed by a man who claimed he was searched and detained without reason by the OHA police. During December 1989, several undercover investigators posing as drug dealers at OHA's public housing properties were brutally beaten and robbed of $900 in cash by OHA police during nine separate run-ins at Oakland's public housing projects, according to a 396-page affidavid filed in court. >>>>>> >>>>>> Oakland Police Department More controversy… In 1991, the Oakland Police Department paid a $42,000 settlement to rapper Tupac Shakur after allegedly brutally beating him for jaywalking.[42] In 2003, the city paid $10.9 million to 119 plaintiffs who reportedly had been victimized by members of Oakland Police. However, after the officers were fired from the OPD, a jury that had no black members on it ended up clearing the four Rough Riders on eight of the counts against them, and were unable to reach a decision on 27 others.[43] As a result of the Negotiated Settlement Agreement stemming from Allen v. City of Oakland (AKA the Riders Case), an Independent Monitoring Team was appointed by the Federal District court.[44] In January 2012, the Court found that OPD had still not complied with the terms of the settlement, and ordered OPD stripped of some of its independence, requiring on-going consultation with the Independent Monitor to exercise an array of powers.[45] Plaintiffs in the case have requested OPD be placed under the control of a federal receivership.[46] In 2003, two undercover members of the Oakland Police Department were assigned to participate in the anti-Iraq War movement. They stood for and were elected to leadership roles before their true affiliations were uncovered.[47] In 2008, Oakland agreed to pay $2 million to 16 women, all Asian, who alleged being groped, harassed, or victimized by a member of the Oakland Police Department.[48][49] After a criminal trial, former Officer Richard Valerga was sentenced to six months in jail.[50] In 2010, Oakland agreed to pay $6.5 million to individuals alleging that the Oakland police for years illegally obtained search warrants based on false or misleading information.[51][52] In 2011, Oakland Police came under further criticism for its handling of Occupy Oakland.[53] Occupier and United States Marine Corps and Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was shot in the head with a beanbag round by an Oakland police SWAT team member.[54][55] Federal district judge Thelton Henderson threatened sanctioning the Oakland PD if it does not submit a plan to address the immense number, over a thousand, of complaints over the department's violent handling of Occupy Oakland.[56] Oakland has paid a total of $57 million during the 2001-2011 timeframe to alleged victims of police abuse—the largest sum of any city in California.[57] In 2012, the City of Oakland authorized an $800,000 settlement stemming from a case in which two citizens were unlawfully strip-searched on a public street by Oakland Police.[58] >>>>>> >>>>>> 1992 - 1993 A jury convicted appellants of federal civil rights crimes stemming from their actions as Oakland Housing Authority police officers. Their appeals raise a number of difficult questions, among them certain matters of first impression. We are required to decide what the government must prove to convict a law enforcement officer of depriving an individual of his federal constitutional right to be free of excessive force during detention or arrest. We also must decide whether criminal liability may be imposed on a commanding police officer who fails to prevent the use of excessive force by officers under his command. * The Oakland Housing Authority (the "OHA") is a municipal agency that provides housing to low income residents in Oakland, California.1 The Oakland Housing Authority Police Department (the "OHAPD") provides security and police services to the residents of OHA properties. Prior to the events with which we are here concerned, the OHAPD consisted of some two dozen officers, including one chief, three sergeants, and one corporal. 3 Among the properties administered by the OHA were large public housing developments plagued by high levels of drug activity, much of it involving crack cocaine. In April 1989, a special drug suppression task force (the "Task Force") was created within the OHAPD using funds provided by a federal grant. Six new officers were hired to man the Task Force, among them appellants Reese, Dwyer, and Houston. Officers Garden, Barryer, and Yee were the remaining members.2 Appellant Broussard, already an OHAPD sergeant, was chosen to command them. 4 The Task Force operated as an independent unit within the department. The group was not assigned responsibility for patrolling any particular area, but was left free to deal with narcotics problems wherever they arose on OHA property. It held its daily group meetings apart from the regular OHAPD patrol officers. Its members worked on a single shift. 5 At Broussard's direction, the Task Force officers acted together virtually at all times while in the field. Typically, they would go out in two or three vehicles, drive up to an area on or near OHA property where they suspected drug activity, jump out of the vehicles, and, in the words of Officer Barryer, "just take anything and everything we saw on the street corner ... more or less like a wolf pack." 6 Broussard offered guidance to the men under his command in a number of respects around the time when the Task Force was first assembled. He told them, for example, that a lot of "dirty" drug money would be passing through their hands, and that it would not really matter if they kept some of it for themselves. The suspects, he noted, would be in no position to complain if some of their money came up missing. He also regularly exhorted Task Force officers to keep their arrest numbers up. All the officers were aware that the federal grant that funded their unit, and on which their jobs depended, was good for only eighteen to twenty-four months. Broussard warned that they would need statistics to show that the federal money was well spent and thus to secure another grant. On more than one occasion, he sent the Task Force out to begin a shift with comments like, "Let's go out and kick ass," and "[E]verybody goes to jail tonight for everything, all right?" 7 We turn now to the various incidents that were part of the government's case at trial, whether charged as individual substantive violations or as overt acts in furtherance of appellants' alleged conspiracy. >>>>>> >>>>>>
Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:06AM
calendar Laborfest: Black Lives Matter & Labor by Laborfest
SF General Hospital - Carr Auditorium - 22nd & San Bruno Ave., San Francisco. Buses: 9, 10, 33, 48
Event Date: Thu Jul 7, 2016 7:00PM
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:01AM
calendar Uhuru Foods & Pies at SF Pride! 480_bsipridebanner.jpg original image (599x266) by Uhuru Foods & Pies
San Francisco Civic Center Plaza
Event Date: Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:00AM
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:05PM
calendar Vigil for 16-Year-Old Reggina Jefferies 480_reggina_jefferies.jpg original image (1196x740) by People's Community Medics
13th and Franklin Oakland
Event Date: Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:00PM
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:22PM
image California State Legislature debates the Negro Exclusion Bill ~ Juneteenth 2016 480_800_photo__7__1.jpg original image (600x800) by Isaac Allen
Prior2016 to the California Gold Rush and California Statehood people of African ancestry were major players in the transition from Spanish rule, Mexican rule and the 31st State of the Union. 2016 Juneteenth, reconsideration of the contributions by people of African ancestry, honoring the legacy of Mervyn M. Dymally stand in direct contrast to the values shared in AB395 Negro Exclusion Bill or Nigger Bill as read...
Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:28PM
image 2016 Juneteenth Celebration ~ Negro Bar California State Park 480_folsom-1.jpg original image (639x426) by Khubaka, Michael Harris
The contributions by people of African ancestry throughout the State of California remains an open secret. Official recognition remains a legislative conversation yet to be complete. Juneteenth, by statue, is recognized by the California State Legislature and should be revisited to quantify the journey towards freedom. Historic Negro Bar, Sacramento County is a good place to begin the journey... 2016 Juneteenth ~ Negro Bar California State Park along the American River Parkway will come al...
Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:20PM